ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Damaged teeth can cause a lot of problems. If you’ve ever woken up in discomfort, experienced a dull throbbing tooth ache or found that you are extremely sensitive to hot and cold foods, chances are you may need a root canal.
“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the centre of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal that makes up the nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth. This can become infected and this is when they require removal. Without proper removal, the pulp can only become more infected and irritated.
Why root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment can save a tooth that has been severely damaged due to decay, disease or trauma. This treatment is the most suitable option if you wish to save the tooth without having it removed. Keeping the tooth in place can prevent other teeth from drifting out of line or other types of job problems. Saving the natural tooth by removing the root can also work to prevent the need for the replacement from an artificial tooth or dentures.
What does a root canal treatment involve?
A root canal treatment effectively means we are removing the infection from the inside of the tooth. When the pulp inside of a tooth is completely removed, the entire root canal system inside of the tooth sterilised and sealed up with a filling material.
Food for thought…
A root canal treatment will not directly protect your tooth from other types of damage so you will need to continue with regular dental visits and care for the remaining teeth that you have. In most cases, a tooth that has had a root canal treatment can be saved but without proper care after the root canal, the tooth may need to be extracted.